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Day Two In Yeppoon

12.04.2008

Roos caves beaches beer & steak

Day two on the Capricorn Coast started with some fresh pineapple, watermelon, mango juice and instant coffee. After fueling up, we headed out to the Capricorn Caves. Yep, it seemed a bit odd to be in the tropics and heading into a dark cave, but that was the plan. We arrived at the caves a bit ahead of the scheduled tour, so we waited around. A nice surprise was a log carved out with some food in it and four kangaroos feeding (plus a wild turkey or two).

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Australia

The turkeys seemed to bug the kangaroos a bit, but they existed together pretty well, except this one looked like he wished there was such a thing as Thanksgiving in Australia.

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The roos continued to pose, so I took advantage of the opportunity. A couple of joeys were present as well. These were essentially wild kangaroos that the cave staff feed, so they were pretty tame considering.

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Australia

We still had a bit of time before the tour, so we took a dry rain forest walk. Yep, get your head around that one.

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Finally, it was cave touring time. It was a small tour group, just my dad, a couple from Holland, myself and our tour guide Karen. Compared to the Lava River Caves back home, these caves were very well powered, with an electrical light system. The bats who normally live in the cave were on vacation (which was probably a good thing).

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Australia

The cave system here could be best described as "well lit with a tight fit". Truly, I am not the best person for fitting into short and narrow passageways. Maybe one of the two attibutes, but not both. My dad and I both opted out of the final passageway, based on the fact there was a corner than neither of us could fit through.

The highlight was the cathedral portion where the guide lit candles, dimmed the lights and played a selection from Phantom of the Opera on the sound system. Yes, I said this was a well powered cave.

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After being all caved out (rather than caved in), we headed back to Yeppoon for some lunch. It was time for some fine meat pies. Seriously, how can you go wrong with meat, or a pie, so putting them together almost guarantees success. The bakery we hit featured O'Grady's pies, and while I have no clue who that is, they were darn tasty.

Next we headed down to a more isolated beach area and just wandered around. Gorgeous.

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Australia

Australia

Earlier in the day we visited a tourist information area and talked about our travel plans. Seriously it hasn't mattered if we were heading North or heading South, everyone always says "It's gonna be hot". Hmmmmmmmm. Sort of like the land of Paris Hilton. Well, with those thoughts in my head it was time for a cold one. Ahhhhhhh.. Coopers Extra Stout. Mighty fine indeed.

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A little more ocean swimming was also included in the days events. Oh my, the water was SO WARM and no under currents. It couldn't get any better. Of course to make the day even better we finished it with a fine steak dinner. Oh yeah, easily the best steak I've had on the trip so far. Ahhhhhhh, a perfect way to end a great stay in Yeppoon.

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Comments

keeneye said:

I am so flippin' jealous right now.

Warm weather.
Deserted beaches.
COOPERS?!?? One of my fave brews of all time.

You are living the life, friend. Thanks for sharing.




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